There was a lot be expected from Marcelo this 2015-2016 season. Since his breakthrough season, he has been heavily praised by football legends like Diego Maradona and Paolo Maldini. He is also often compared to Robert Carlos, who himself said that Marcelo was his heir and that “Marcelo possesses a better technical ability than me”.
With the recent conclusion of La Liga and the UEFA Finals around the corner, we can only hope to see that the best of Marcelo is yet to appear on the field. Here are the latest Marcelo stats for the 2015-2016 football season.
La Liga 2015-2016
Unfortunately for Real Madrid, Barcelona defended their championship title this season. Real Madrid officially placed in second and qualified for the Champions League group stage. Marcelo had a total of 30 appearances in the latest Primera Division games, which amounted to 2,474 minutes played. When it came to handling the ball, Marcelo had 2,435 total touches and 1,454 passes which reflected an 84.3% pass success percentage. Next to Luka Modric, Marcelo made the most interceptions – 104 in total. Marcelo also successfully made 2 goals for the club and 3 assists.
UEFA Champions League
For the UEFA Champions League, Marcelo has made 10 appearances, which amounts to 790 minutes. His soccer stats are as follows: 711 total touches, 32 crosses, 18 tackles, 15 interceptions, 2 blocks, and 421 passes with an 85.5% pass success percentage.
During the Champions League Quarterfinals, Real Madrid disappointed its fans with a 2-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg. Goals from Wolfburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez and Max Arnold inside the first 25 minutes were enough to give the German team the surprise victory. However, this defeat was not the most humiliating part of the night. Many have not forgotten Marcelo’s flagrant dive in the 69th minute, which caused Marcelo to be booed off the field by fans at the Wolfsburg Arena.
With Real Madrid’s next game set against Atletico Madrid at the Champions League Finals, Marcelo and the rest of Real Madrid have to bring their A-game to bring home the title.
The 21-year-old Brazilian newcomer stated that he is very happy for being selected to the Brazilian national team, and mentioned a thing about Marcelo.
Geferson’s selection was a huge surprise for everyone, but he’s confident about his future performances for the Brazilian national team.
“I was prepared, we have to be prepared for anything to happen. My family have always given me great support, which is a great help. It’s a unique opportunity, and I know I have to learn as much as I can from those around me, who are already well renowned players. I have to gain experience with them.”
“When I arrived at Internacional as I always watched [former Brazil international] Kleber play. I think he was great full-back. So is Marcelo. They are my two idols.”
Real Madrid star Marcelo has come out to pour water on rumours linking him with a move to Premier League club Liverpool, with the Brazil international insisting he is settled and happy in the Spanish capital. The 25-year old in the final 18 months of his contract at the Bernabeu and Liverpool are one of a number of European clubs being tipped by Betfair fans to be weighing up making a bid for Marcelo this summer.
While Liverpool are enjoying a sensational season this year, currently sitting atop the Premier League table, Brendan Rodgers has struggled with the left-back position. With Spaniard Jose Enrique struggling with injury problems throughout the season, Rodgers has been forced to play youngster Jon Flanagan at left back, in a campaign that has seen Liverpool shock plenty of Betfair fans with their surprising title charge.
While the young defender is a talented player and someone who could be a future star for the club, Flanagan is a natural right back and not someone Rodgers will be looking at as a long term option on the left of his defence. With Liverpool all but certain with Betfair punters of achieving a top-four finish this season, Rodgers will have money available to him this summer with which to bolster his squad ahead of the club’s return to the Champions League.
Marcelo, who has been at Real Madrid since 2007, has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, and Liverpool are the latest club being backed by Betfair fans to be interested in the defender, with a reported £25million deal being talked about.
However, Liverpool may have to look elsewhere for a top-class left-back, with Marcelo making it clear he is still happy in Madrid and not looking to move.
“My best memory of football was when I signed for Real Madrid because I did not expect it. It was a spectacular moment. I’ve been here since I was 18, I’m from Madrid in practice and I am proud to be one of the captains of Real Madrid.”
Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has returned to training but has refused to put a date on when he will be able to return to first team action for the club. The defender sustained a knee problem at the beginning of November which ended up keeping him out of Real’s 5-1 hammering of Real Sociedad the 5-0 victory against Almeria and Brazil’s friendlies against Honduras and Chile.
While Alvaro Arbeloa is a more than capable replacement for Marcelo, there is little doubt the club will be hoping to have their third captain back in the team as soon as possible. Marcelo has been a key member of this Real side since his arrival from Fluminese in 2007, and the 25-year old is desperate to get back to playing as soon as he can in order to help the club try and claw back Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
“There’s no fixed date but I’m training intensely and working hard to get back as soon as I can. I’m dying to get back to playing and helping the team. I have my mind set on recovering and getting back to giving the fans something to cheer.”
“Whenever we start a season we want to win everything that we are playing for and be very positive. Of course, we believe that this season will be a very good one,” admitted the Brazil international.
With much of the football betting already appearing to have this year’s La Liga title race sealed by Barcelona, there will be many Betfair customers rightly tempted to take a punt on Real to turn things around and make a charge after the winter break. Having a fully fit Marcelo could well be key to Real’s hopes of being ensuring Barcelona don’t run away with the title without any content.
Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender, Roberto Carlos, has praised Marcelo and described him as a “leader” for both club and country.
Carlos played for Los Blancos between 1996 and 2007, winning three Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles with his attacking style of play and superb delivery from set pieces providing a new blueprint for left-backs at both the Bernabeu and for the Selecao.
Marcelo was signed as his replacement during his final season at the club and after some occasionally raw performances in his early days, is now a massive favourite amongst fans who bet on football due to his abrasive play and willingness to always give his all for the team.
His attributes have seen him made a vice-captain of the squad in recent years alongside fellow defender, Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
While after previously falling in and out of favour, he now seems to have finally established himself as a key part of the Brazil side ahead of next summer’s World Cup on home turf, a competition for which the Selecao are natural favourites in the football betting.
Carlos played for current coach,Luiz Felipe Scolari, when he guided the Canarinho to glory in Japan and Korea in 2002 and knows exactly what it takes to scale football’s biggest peak.
The Bullet Man admits he has been pleased by how well his protégé has developed into one of the world’s best and has praised his leadership abilities going into what looks set to be a massive year for both club and country.
“Marcelo is a leader in both Real Madrid and the selection and is demonstrating a high level in both places,” he said in an interview published by FIFA. “He is a player that has evolved very quickly.”